The Boston Red Sox are rebuilding their roster, and the progress to this point has been pretty good.
The Sox, as of this writing, have made two moves ahead of Monday afternoon's 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline.
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They dealt closer Brandon Workman and reliever Heath Hembree to the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 21 in exchange for pitchers Connor Seabold and Nick Pavetta. On Sunday, the Red Sox sent first baseman Mitch Moreland to the San Diego Padres and received infielder Hudson Potts and outfielder Jeisson Rosario.
These prospects add much-needed depth and talent to a Red Sox farm system that MLB.com ranked 25th out of 30 before the 2020 season.
ESPN's Jeff Passan relayed some reaction to these Red Sox trades from talent evaluators, and it's been positive so far.
General sense among evaluators: Red Sox did very well in both of their trades. There are a lot of Connor Seabold fans, and in Jeisson Rosario and Hudson Potts, they get a 20-year-old CF with an excellent sense of the strike zone and 21-year-old IF with legit power, respectively.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 30, 2020
The Red Sox could be even more active before the deadline. They have plenty of other players -- including outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., catcher Christian Vazquez, pitcher Matt Barnes, etc. -- to considering moving prior to 4 p.m. With the Red Sox out of the 2020 playoff races and not built to be a championship-caliber team any time soon, it makes sense to trade a few veterans and stockpile talented prospects for the future.
Boston's work will extend long after the trade deadline, though. The upcoming offseason will be a very important one for the Red Sox as they attempt to chart a course back to contention.
MLB rumors: Evaluators praise Red Sox moves ahead of trade deadline originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston